The Generation Equality Forum [fr]
Following on from the Mexico Forum in March 2021, the Paris Generation Equality Forum took place from 30 June to 2 July. In Hong Kong, we met some local organizations working daily to promote women in science and technology!
25 years after the Fourth UN World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which form the most comprehensive framework for achieving women’s empowerment and gender equality, the Forum took stock of the progress made. A programme of tangible measures to achieve gender equality by 2030 has been drawn up as part of the campaign “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future”.
The Forum is a global discussion in which all stakeholders took part, including civil society, public authorities, local government, the private sector and the media. The aim was to produce effective partnerships and ownership to bring swift action on a greater scale to advance gender equality. Emphasis was placed on intergenerational and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
Multi-stakeholder Action Coalitions have been launched at the Forum. Like during the French G7 Presidency, these coalitions involved governments, civil society and the private sector to achieve tangible, measurable results within five years on the following six themes:
- Gender-based violence
- Economic justice and rights
- Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights
- Feminist action for climate justice
- Technology and innovation for gender equality
- Feminist movements and leadership
These themes were identified by UN Women in close collaboration with civil society, Mexico and France. Girls and young women will be central to the work of each Action Coalition.
The 65 first “Global Leaders” of the Action Coalitions were announced on 1 July 2020. They are States, feminist organizations, youth organizations, philanthropic foundations, UN agencies and other international organizations, representing a great diversity of women’s voices from around the world.
France leads an Action Coalition on “Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights” and bring on board all its partners in the coming months to ensure the success of this historic event.
The consequences of the public health crisis on gender equality will be fully addressed in the work of the Forum’s Action Coalitions.
The Generation Equality Forum also launched a Compact for Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action, two decades on from the historic adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and the advent of the Agenda of the same name. This Compact will supplement the six Action Coalitions of the Generation Equality Forum and create synergies.
III - Innovation and technology for gender equality, a priority of the Forum in Hong Kong
Innovation and technology as a means to achieve gender equality is one of the Forum’s "action coalitions".
STEM education is a priority of the Hong Kong government. In the field of gender equality, many local associations act daily to improve the visibility of women in science, and to support girls and women who wish to launch a scientific career.
On the occasion of the Generation Equality Forum, Dr Caroline Dingle, researcher and head of the Women in Science and Engineering organization of the University of Hong Kong (HKU WISE), and Sarah Tong, co-founder of the Big Bang Academy, shared with us their experience and their vision of a science aiming for gender equality, which would give a better place to women scientists and engineers.
Watch their interview here:
The "Science Talks are [Women] Talks" series of the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau aims to give a voice to women scientists and engineers in France and Hong Kong to highlight the place of women in the field. The first conference on the subject will take place in September 2021, stay tuned!